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International GCSE

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the operation of The Coventry City Council and the North West Federation of Schools (International General Certificate in Secondary Education) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1739). (95200)

The results for 2005/06 from the first cohort were up to expectations—all those anticipated achieved a pass at Grade C or above. The English course is a success and is now running for 2006/07.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will amend literacy and numeracy requirements for higher level teaching assistants to include the International GCSE at grade A*-C in English language, English literature or mathematics as acceptable literacy and numeracy qualifications. (95670)

The Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Standards are a set of national, professional standards. They currently require nationally accredited qualifications for two reasons: firstly because they reflect national standards and criteria for subject content and robustness of assessment; and secondly because they are monitored by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to ensure that assessment is fit-for-purpose and that standards of attainment are maintained across time, across centres and across awarding bodies.

The HLTA Standards are, however, currently under review and we are consulting on a range of issues, including the literacy and numeracy requirements for candidates seeking to attain HLTA status. The case for the widening of the Standards to include non-accredited qualifications will, therefore, be discussed as part of this review.